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Ploughing a Different Ground: Helping Farmers Unearth Wisdom through the Act of Listening

By Violet Stone / November 1, 2019

In the minutes before a Baskets to Pallets farmer training begins, I stand at the front of the room, scanning tables of chattering people and taking in the many different faces. These trainings are geared toward farmers and producers who are experienced in direct-marketing, but who are considering expanding into wholesale markets. And yet, we…

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Determining the Market Readiness of Beef Cattle

By Violet Stone / August 15, 2019

Need help determining when your beef animal is ready for slaughter? Join Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist Mike Baker as he describes features of market readiness for both finished and unfinished beef and dairy crosses. In this second video, we look at beef cattle as they hang on the rail at a packer. Mike Baker,…

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Farmers and Buyers Talk

By Violet Stone / August 15, 2019

What is a Food Hub and is it a viable market channel for my products?  Is a box store too big a channel for my farm’s scale?  Farmers and food producers often ask us what markets are appropriate.  In the videos below, you’ll hear farmers and buyers talk about building relationships, expectations, quality, packaging, and…

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Training Offers Holistic Approach to Learning

By Violet Stone / May 20, 2019

On March 14th and 15th the Baskets to Pallets project hosted a regional Training in Rochester NY.  In this retrospect, Violet Stone shares how the Training prioritized a holistic approach to learning… As project coordinator of the Baskets to Pallets project, much of the work I do is at a desk, coordinating the development of…

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Seeking New Markets? Baskets to Pallets Coming to Rochester March 14-15

By Violet Stone / January 31, 2019

Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, schools, and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for locally produced food. Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires planning and preparation. Ensure your success by joining us for ‘Baskets to…

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Announcing the 2019 Baskets to Pallets Training in Rochester, NY

By Violet Stone / January 15, 2019

Baskets to Pallets Regional Farmer Training. March 14th and 15th Irondequoit Conference Center, Rochester, NY Are you in search of new markets? Have you considered intermediary channels like food hubs, grocery stores, schools and cooperatives? The demand for local food continues to grow…Is your farm business ready for the opportunities? Ensure your success by joining us…

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A Retrospect on the Baskets to Pallets Cohort Opening Gathering

By Violet Stone / August 14, 2018

On August 7 and 8, we convened the inaugural gathering of the new Baskets to Pallets educator cohort. Here’s a brief update on the new cohort and the work they plan to do over the next two years. Last week, I was happy to find myself out of my office chair and seated instead in…

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Announcing the Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort

By Violet Stone / June 26, 2018

The Baskets to Pallets project is pleased to announce members of the new Baskets to Pallets Educator Cohort.  Over the next 2.5 years, members will have the opportunity to work closely to share knowledge and expertise, design and teach lesson plans, meet buyers, receive free coaching and ‘big picture’ perspectives on local food marketing trends from…

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Seeking New Markets? Join us in Lowville, NY for Baskets to Pallets

By Violet Stone / December 7, 2017

2 day Training helps farmers develop new relationships with scale-appropriate wholesale buyers Are you looking to diversify sales beyond the farmers market, CSA and farm stand? Food hubs, grocery stores, restaurants and cooperatives are looking for your products to meet growing consumer demand for local and sustainably produced food.  Yet, doing successful business with wholesale buyers requires…

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2018 Baskets to Pallets Farmer Trainings

By Tara Hammonds / December 7, 2017

Baskets to Pallets at the 2018 NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Saratoga Springs, NY January 21, 2018, 8:00-9:15am Looking to diversify sales? Food hubs, groceries, restaurants and cooperatives are seeking your products, but these ‘intermediated’ channels require different marketing strategies. This workshop will include discussion and activities to prepare direct-marketing farmers to start building successful sales…

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